TV writer Richard DeRoy dies at 77

Began in live TV, wrote for 'Twilight Zone'

Prolific TV writer Richard DeRoy, who wrote for shows including “The Twilight Zone” and “Hawaii Five-O,” died March 8 in Los Angeles. He was 77.

His career began writing for live television on Westinghouse’s “Studio One.” DeRoy went on to write for such shows as “Kraft Television Theater,” “Shirley Temple’s Storybook Theater,”  “77 Sunset Strip,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Surfside 6,” “The Flying Nun,” “The Survivors,” “The Name of the Game,” “The Partridge Family,” and “Hawaii Five-O”.  

He served in a producing capacity and also wrote episodes for “Peyton Place,” “Hart to Hart,” “The Father Dowling Mysteries” and “Remington Steele.”

He won a WGA award in 1964 for his adaptation of  “Jeeny Ray” for “Alcoa Premiere” which aired on CBS in 1963, and wrote television films “Murder in Peyton Place,”  “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “The Other Victim,” for which he won a LACAAW award,  “Intimate Agony,” and co-wrote “A Howling in the Woods.”

He wrote the television special of “Bell, Book and Candle,” and shared writing credit on the mini-series “Harold Robbins’ 79 Park Avenue”.

While DeRoy spent most of his career writing for television, he also wrote the 1973 feature “Two People,” directed by Robert Wise and starring Lindsay Wagner and Peter Fonda.

Born in Pittsburgh, Penn., DeRoy graduated Stanford U.

He is survived by his wife Jewel, two daughters and two grandchildren.

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